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Love in Action

Love one another and you will be happy. It’s as simple and as difficult as that. ~Michael Leunig Showing love goes far beyond saying “I love you.”  Actions speak much, much, much louder than words. You can show deep love through simple actions—lending a hand, lending an ear, sharing a smile, sharing a sorrow, sharing time, washing feet… To your husband Don’t criticize—replace criticism with…

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Today is the final day of our Love in Action posts. If you have seen a positive change in yourself and a good response from your husband and children, it is motivation enough to keep at it. Permanent change is gradual, so give yourself time to make these loving actions a habit. Love in Action Day 14 I cannot begin to estimate the importance of…

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Love in Action: Cut the Criticism

There are two posts left in our Love in Action series. I hope you are trying to make the simple actions from previous days a habit in your life. Love in Action Day 13 I confess, this action is not simple.  There.  I said it.  Let’s do it anyway! Cut the criticism. I will never, ever tell you not to correct your child, guide your…

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Teach Your Children

As parents, it is our duty to feed, clothe, and house our children.  It is our duty to wipe dirty bottoms, runny noses, messy faces, and spilled milk.  But our duties as parents go beyond merely ensuring the survival of our offspring. Love in Action Day 12 Whether or not today’s action comes naturally to you, you can make it part of your daily life. …

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Love in Action Day 11 Today’s loving action is a sacrifice of time and often personal preferences for the love of your children.  It’s also a real crowd-pleaser.  If they don’t already, your children will grow to love this. It’s just one more reason to refocus on the simple priorities of life. Read aloud to your children. It doesn’t matter how old your children are….

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Love in Action Day 10 It’s time to have some fun!  For today, the rest of the Love in Action series, and hopefully beyond, you will focus on family fun. Play and Laugh Happy, healthy, loved children laugh.  They laugh a lot. They laugh uninhibited and with joy. And they play. Your blessed privilege as the parent of these laughing, playing children is to laugh…

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Hugs From Daddy

Love in Action Day 9 Today’s loving action is very powerful.  Am I getting repetitive?  Yes, I am, because every single loving action you ever perform has an impact whose depth cannot be measured. Hug and Kiss Your Children We all love to hold our babies and toddlers.  We love to kiss their soft cheeks and bury our faces in their hair.  We love to…

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